All posts tagged "Giving"

Bob Dylan for Christmas


Billboard reports that Mr. Zimmerman’s new Christmas release, Christmas in the Heart, will donate ‘all present and future royalties to Feeding America, an anti-hunger charity. Says Mr. Zimmerman: “It’s a tragedy that more than 35 million people in this country alone — 12 million of those children — often go to bed hungry and wake up each morning unsure of where their next meal is coming from. I join the good people of Feeding America in the hope that our efforts can bring some food security to people in need during this holiday season.” Street date for the release is October 13. Maybe Dylan will look beyond the U-S borders next time.  I’ve got a great charity to suggest (-; Photo cred:  Billboard.com


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World hunger 2009


In 2009, the ranks of the world’s hungry reached a record 1 billion — and the number continues to rise. Every six seconds a child dies from hunger-related causes. More than 60 percent of chronically hungry people are women. Poor nutrition causes nearly one in three people to die prematurely or become disabled. In the developing world, 26 percent of children under the age of 5 are moderately to severely underweight. Here’s what you can do: Baptist Soup Kitchen – Philipsburg, St. Maarten (Carribean) Many people have come to St. Maarten looking for work, but instead have found themselves jobless, homeless and hungry. $190 feeds 100 people per week! Read More… Calvary Baptist School Feeding program – Port au Prince, Haiti The 6,600 students who attend the 18 CBC schools would not be able to stay alert and learn were it not for the nutritious school meal they enjoy every day…the only meal most will eat that day. $59,400 run feeding for an entire year! Read More… Christian Home Care program – Kitwe, Zambia Christian laypersons volunteer to bring food, material support and encouragement to almost 100 chronically ill, homebound patients too sick to fend for themselves-many of whom are suffering from T.B. or dying of AIDS. $40 helps one patient for an entire month! Read More… More from our Project Catalog here.


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African orphan support – $68/year


Here’s a wonderful opportunity for you to become faithful with a little: The Reencontro Orphans Project in Mozambique provides direct support to more than 7000 orphans and other vulnerable children in Mozambique, Africa. Reencontro is composed of local Christian laypersons and cares for these children, many of whom have lost parents to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Incredibly enough, $68 provides food, clothing, health care, education or other essentials for a child for approximately one year. Orphans receive food, education, citizenship registration (documentation they need in order to attend school), healthcare, housing, vocational training, income generation projects, and spiritual and psychological counseling. Would you and your worship team be willing to be musical advocates for the Reencontro Orphans Project this fall? If you would present a song during one of your services in September or October, I will provide you brochures, free music, free DVD/audio tracks to support these parentless children in Mozambique. Every single dime raised from your event will go directly to the Reencontro orphans. Call me for details:  1-800-391-8545 ext. 174. Download details on Reencontro here:  Reencontro Orphans Click here for music samples Click here to preview DVD accompaniment tracks Click here to order free music


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Haitian orphan support: $23.50/month


The World Harvest Children’s Home in Cazeau, Haiti provides food, medicine, and care to 80 orphaned, sick, and handicapped children in Cazeau, Haiti. Here’s the description: Traveling to remote, impoverished villages, founder Miriam Fredericks rescues handicapped, abandoned, and starving children – children so hungry they are unable to walk or even crawl, with little bodies ravaged by TB, malaria or dysentery. Though some are so ill they do not survive the trip back to the orphanage, so far more than 100 children have survived and been carefully, lovingly, nurtured back to health. Gifts contributed to World Harvest Children’s home help Miriam and her staff meet these children’s nutritional and medical needs, and give them a loving, caring place to live. For $23.50 per month or $282 per year, you can provide one child with: Three nutritious daily meals Tuition to attend local public school Proper medical care Bible instruction and education Would you and your worship team be willing to present a song on their behalf? If you could present a song and pass out our brochures during one of your services this fall, every dollar will go to the World Harvest Children’s Home in Haiti. I will happily provide free materials for your music department and information for the congregation on the impact they can have for the orphans in Haiti. Just contact me for details and free music.


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Forced child labor in Haiti


Embedded video from <a href=”http://www.cnn.com/video” mce_href=”http://www.cnn.com/video”>CNN Video</a> CNN has this report from Haiti on child laborers or “resteveks” (Creole for “stay withs”). Cross International is involved with schools for Haiti ‘revstevek’ children.  $4400 keeps one school in operation for 10 months in Haiti. Up to 95 children are depending on Cross and our donors to keep their schools open and provide them with an education that will help them escape their current situation. After watching the video above, click here to learn more about our efforts to aid ‘resteveks’ or forced child labor in Haiti. Or click here to download our report on Restevek School Support. Why not hold a worship service in your church to subsidize education for resteveks? Click here to learn how. (HT:  Cross Int’l on Twitter)


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Kayaking for Christ


Mark Towery is circumnavigating Vancouver Island solo to raise money for the Kondanani Children’s Village in Blantyre, Malawi, one of our projects at Cross International. From Mark’s website: Most of the world does not know life with the privileges that we have here in America. Imagine as a child never having enough food, medicine or even a place to live. A lot of children in this region do not live to see adulthood. Many of them will never have the chance to know Jesus, or hear the wonderful words the Bible holds. Some Americans may have mixed feelings about giving money that goes to help outside of this country but in God’s eyes is any one child, no matter where they were born or currently live, more important than another? Here in America there are so many more programs for the poor that other countries, such as Malawi, simply do not have the resources. Track Mark’s progress from his website here. Please pray for him and the Kondanani Children’s Village in Malawi.


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Lazarus waits, Rachel weeps


A thoughtful post here from Jill Carattini of Ravi Zacharias Ministries. Here’s the nut of it: In our impervious boxes and minimalist depictions of the Christian story, we comfortably live as if in our own world, blind and unconcerned with the world of suffering around us, intent to tell our feel-good stories while withdrawing from the harder scenes of life… In reality, the stories Jesus left us with are so much more than wishful thinking and his proclamations of the kingdom among us are far from declarations of escapism. The story of Rachel weeping for her slaughtered children and Lazarus waiting in agony at the gate of someone who could make a difference are two stories among many that refuse to let us sweep the suffering of the world under the rug of unimportance. The fact that they are included in the gospel that brings us the hope of Christ … For Christ brings the kind of hope that can reach even the most hopeless among us. And Jesus hasn’t overlooked the suffering of the world anymore than he has invited his followers to do so; it is a part of the very story we tell. Thus, precisely because the faith we proclaim is not a drug that anesthetizes or a dream that deludes, we must tell the whole story and not merely the parts that lessen our own pain. We must also live as people watchful and ready to be near those who weep and wait–the poor, the demoralized, and the suffering. There are far too many Rachels who are still weeping and Lazaruses who are still waiting, waiting for men and women of faith to be the good news they proclaim.


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Kudos: New Community Bible Fellowship in Cleveland


A shout-out to New Community Bible Fellowship in Cleveland (Ohio) for their Harmony of Hearts presentation on June 28th. Music director Myron Davis and the worship team at NCBF presented our song and video Believe, demonstrating how God is meeting the needs of the poor through His people.  Our logo and website were also displayed on an overhead (nice touch Myron!) and our brochures were inserted in the bulletin. Myron says he was pleased and plans to use the song and video again this fall for a missions-themed service. Thanks to New Community Bible Fellowship in Cleveland for becoming a friend of the poorest of the poor through our free music materials. To order free worship music, videos and accompaniment tracks for your church that focus on serving the poor, click here.


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